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Bavaria's Enchanting Winter Forest

Bavaria's Enchanting Winter Forest

An enchanting area largely unknown to mass tourism, Germany's first National Park. You will visit the highest echelons of the forest canopy, take a sleigh ride, meet Huskies and cross the border into the Czech Republic.

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An enchanting area largely unknown to mass tourism, Germany's first National Park. You will visit the highest echelons of the forest canopy, take a sleigh ride, meet Huskies and cross the border into the Czech Republic.

Germany’s Bavarian Forest is the largest range of forested mountains between the Atlantic Ocean and the Urals – yet it remains largely unknown to mass tourism. Partly because of its remote location and the fact that most roads came to a “dead-end” at the Iron Curtain – the border between Germany and Czechoslovakia. It is an area of striking unspoiled beauty, much of it untouched by human development and was Germanys first National Park. Medieval trading routes between Bavaria and the Habsburg Kingdom have left traces of a fascinating history – ruined castles, beautiful churches, and intricate glass production to name a few.  The highlight of any visit to the forest is a guided walk through the highest echelons of the treetop canopy and ascending a 120 feet tall spiral viewing platform to be rewarded with incredible views.

Itinerary

Saturday - Very early morning departure from Dorset via Eurotunnel crossing to Calais and through France for overnight hotel stop at Saarbrucken. Porterage, dinner and breakfast included.

Sunday - Over the mighty Rhine and across Southern Germany into Bavaria. We are welcomed to Honenau with a glass of schnapps/soft drink while the bags are portered. After settling in enjoy a delicious 4 course dinner.

Monday - A scenic drive through Bavaria's wintry countryside, passing the Grosser Arber, the regions highest mountain. Our journey brings us to Bodenmais, where we shall visit Joska World Crystal - a sparkling theme-park of glass where glass blowers demonstrate the traditional skills and you can have a go yourself. Later this afternoon we shall take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy forest with a visit to a skiing hut with snacks and live music provided.

Tuesday - Visit the city of Passau, where a local guide will escort us on a discovery walk and uncover the history and culture of the town which sits at the confluence of 3 rivers. The old town is famed for its baroque architecture and the onion shaped domes of its cathedral towers. A 13th century hill-top fortress now houses the city museum and overlooks the River Danube. It is a romantic city and is sure the enthrall you. On return to our hotel this evening we shall enjoy a magical guided torch-lit walk around the village with mulled wine to follow.

Wednesday - This morning call at a Husky farm, with a guided tour focusing on the housing, feeding and training of the dogs. Enjoy a hot drink here before heading out on a stunning guided walk through the treetops in the village of Neuschonau on the edge of the Bavarian Forest. You will make you way through the highest echelons of the forest , pausing to learn and explore along the way, then ascend the 120 feet tall viewing platform. This is a beautiful piece of architecture, a huge wooden spiral that guides you gently up - formed around a gigantic living tree - which finally emerges above the tree-line and reveals a stunning panorama.

Thursday - An excursion across the "Iron Curtain" into the Czech Republic with a visit to the fairytale city of Cesky Krumlov. A UNESCO listed heritage site, founded over 700 years ago and full of cuture, art, unique monuments and amazing buildings. A hidden gem yet one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Return journey across the Bohemian Forest back to Hohenau.

Friday - We bid our kind hosts a fond farewell and head back across Germany for overnight stay at Saarbrucken with porterage, dinner and breakfast.

Saturday - Homewards via Calais and afternoon Eurotunnel crossing into UK. Return to Dorset late that evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Honenauer Hof Hotel, Honenau

Located in the market square of this charming Bavarian village this family run hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome.  All 80 bedrooms have a balcony, private bathroom, hairdryer, television with satellite channels, radio/alarm, seating, kettle (bring your own tea-bags etc.) bottle of water and wifi connection. There is a stylish regional restaurant providing a hot buffet breakfast and 4 course dinner with choice of menu. Guests can enjoy the hotels leisure facilities which include an indoor pool and sauna.  The bar is a great place to socialise and discuss the amazing sightseeing and special visits we have planned. A lift serves all floors and porterage is included.

 

TOUR PRICE: £699.00 Per Person

Single room supplement: £110.00

 

Price includes: All coach travel, Return Eurotunnel crossings, 2 x overnight hotel in Saarbrucken, 5 nights hotel in Hohenau, Half board meals, Welcome drink at hotels, Porterage, Use of leisure facilities, Entry to Joska Crystal, Horse-drawn sleigh ride, Ski hut snacks & music, Local guide in Passau, Torch-lit walk, Entry to Husky farm, Entry to Treetop Walk with guide, German tourist taxes, VAT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Upwey (DNU) DO NOT USE
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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